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  1. K2M Design Welcomes Carrie Colvin to our Indianapolis Office

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    Growing Capacity in Sales and Business Development Opportunities

    Indianapolis – September 2020Carrie Colvin joins the K2M Design team as Business Development Director, expanding the company’s national network of relationships and creating strategic sales opportunities to support K2M’s diverse portfolio. Her proven track record and extensive network of business relationships has established Carrie as a respected advisor for over 30 years.

    Carrie will continue to work across all market platforms, primarily focusing on Active Adult and Senior Living Communities, sharing the firms transformative design techniques and vast understanding of this growing and evolving market.

    “I’m excited to be a part of a vibrant firm serving the growing Senior population. My goal is to continue to elevate K2M’s national presence and strengthen the relationships with our long-term partners. The team of architects, engineers and interior designers are as passionate about relationships as I am, and it is reflected in their custom design solutions.”

    Carrie’s positive and highly adaptable approach to business development drives her enthusiasm for building lasting client relationships. It’s this results-driven personality that made her an excellent fit for the K2M family. “We are excited to have Carrie join our team. Her genuine approach to customer service strengthens our established sales team”, stated Steve Grasley, COO of K2M.

  2. K2M wins Two NAIOP Northern Ohio Awards

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    K2M is honored to be recognized for two projects this year by NAIOP Northern Ohio.

    Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the in-person awards gala was replaced by a video presentation, click the links below to see our masked award acceptance speeches.

    Travelling Gun – Hospitality Interior Design of the Year for Crowne Plaza Columbus.

    The Crowne Plaza in Columbus went through a complete $19.7M renovation. K2M Design provided architectural, MEP/S engineering, and interior design services to renovate the public areas and 375 guestrooms through all phases of design and construction. Read our blog and see more photos from this project

    Multi-Family Interior Design of the Year for The Statler, in partnership with City Architecture and the Millennia Companies

    The Statler is a historically renovated apartment complex in the theater district in downtown Cleveland, for which K2M completed the interior design. In addition to the 295 market rate apartments, the property also includes residential lounges, a community room, coffee shop, exterior roof deck, and fitness center. Read more about this project on our blog.

  3. Happy 19th Anniversary K2M Design!

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    A message from Scott Maloney:

    As I have pondered what to write about its hard to not look back to the early days and think about the similarities where we were then and are today. Ten days after launching K2M we had the 9/11 attacks in NYC, WDC, and in Shanksville, PA. Shortly thereafter the global war on terror began as America vowed justice for those who tragically and bravely lost their lives that fateful day. For a period of 6 months travel ground to a halt. Many folks working in high rise towers did not want to come to work for fear of another attack. Large public gatherings were cancelled due to the perceived risk. Safety and security were an absolute priority of the nation and for US citizens around the world.

    It was during this time that Harry Keagler and I refined who we really wanted to be, and more importantly, why. We shaped our mission to Building Relationships Based on Trust and Results – which still holds today. Weekly we reinvented K2M to respond to the challenging times. With the massive slowdown in the economy at that time our work was cut out for us as a fledgling start-up business. We developed partnerships with other Architects and Engineers, developers, public entities, non-profits, and contractors. Every day we persevered and brought in little bits of work until that one fateful day the City of Lorain said yes to our team to design their new police expansion and jail. Our big break that put a massive wind in our sails and allowed us the opportunity to realize our K2M vision.

    As we cross the 19-year anniversary mark, we once again find ourselves thrust into very turbulent times. Those high-rise towers are empty once again, there are very few gatherings of any kind, and we focus on the safety and security of our people, our homes, our workplace, and our communities. Many of us remain sheltered in place, self-quarantining after summer travel, and starting a virtual school year in our homes.

    As I look back and ponder what we did right it was the focus on Nurturing Relationships that was the critical success factor. Relationships gave us a base to build our incredible team together, across multiple locations, and in a variety of disciplines to realize the K2M vision. The relationships we have formed power K2M forward every day. While some are “live,” many remain virtual. We have adapted and evolved but the inherent relationship truth remains – they are based on trust and results. A truth that held 19 years ago, and still holds true today.

    A heartfelt thank you to everyone in the K2Muniverse that has made the last 19 years truly memorable. The relationships we have built with each other are the glue that keep us moving forward.

    Here’s to year 19 and many more to come.

    Scott Maloney

  4. Building Excellence: Indianapolis Introduces New Community Justice Campus

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    K2M Design is proud to a part of the Design Build team for the Community Justice Campus in Marion County, Indiana.

    This substantial new Justice facility is designed to improve operational efficiency for the city/county and will be focused on integrated rehabilitation programs.

    The new facility embarks on a new era of holistic criminal justice reform; designed to focus on well-being, safety and security of both inmates and employees.

    The 3,000 bed facility will house an assessment and intervention center, consolidated county jail, county courts and additional administrative space to house both public and private entities.

    Read more about the new facility on Building Excellence: Indianapolis Introduces New Community Justice Campus.

  5. Designing for a Return to Operations: Cuyahoga County Justice Center

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    Returning to operations required careful consideration for the Cuyahoga County Justice Center.

    K2M Design was retained by Cuyahoga County as Criteria Architect / Engineer to develop COVID-19 pandemic and return to operations modifications at all their Justice facilities.

    Modifications were designed for the Justice Center, Old Courthouse, Juvenile Justice Center, former Police Headquarters, and Courthouse Square.

    The total project area of work is 1.3 million square feet of space.


    Return to operations tasks include:

    • reprogramming / reconfiguration of administrative spaces;
    • courtroom modifications, building additions, wayfinding modifications;
    • vestibule enhancements, queuing enhancements, restroom enhancements;
    • door hardware, installation of bipolar ionization systems;
    • ultraviolet C band emitters to reduce the spread of airborne pathogens.

    Ontario Ave Entrance Rendering

    Ontario Ave Entrance Rendering

    K2M Design is providing criteria design services for each of over 30 consolidated tasks our team developed in conjunction with the County, including:

    • Planning of work to identify projects to be completed
    • Site visits to collect existing conditions information
    • Narrative descriptions of project scope of work for similar projects
    • Narrative descriptions and up to 30% criteria level development to describe work for design-build teams
    • Review criteria documents with the County and key stakeholders
    • Participate in the best value selection from the phase 1 design-build teams including identifying design-build teams and reviewing their proposals
    • Pre-construction evaluation of design documents for conformance with the criteria work
    • Construction support services including submittal review for criteria compliance, site visits as requested, and final completion review
    • Meetings/Calls with the County, project representatives, design-build teams, and stakeholders as required

    Partner with K2M as you prepare to return to operations, email Scott Maloney.

  6. Healthy Environments

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    Healthy Environments are not just devoid of toxins, it is the creation of a complete state of well-being, acknowledging all physical, mental and social forces. It is the quality of a space. This includes everything from air flow and lighting, to color and finishes, to scale and safety.

    Healthy environments are engaging, offering a harmonious perspective on an otherwise chaotic state of operation. It requires all systems to work concurrently for the greater good and to maximize positive impact.

    The benefits of healthy environmental design include improved health, stronger personal interactions, increased productivity, and the reduction in stress and anxiety.

    Success Factors for Positive Impact in Healthy EnvironmentsK2M Design incorporates Healthy Environment principles in all our building projects. As designers, it is our obligation to positively impact the well-being and safety for the clients we serve, through responsible design. Our team of Architects, Engineers, and Interior Designers are nimble and collaborative, raising the bar of what health, safety and wellness looks like. We understand the systems, the products and the applications. It is what we do. We design healthy, safe environments.

    Our Process: Health Impact Assessment

      • Identify existing conditions and expectations
      • Prioritize critical issues based on need and budget
      • Execute plan of action for deficiency corrections

    Download our brochure: K2M Healthy Environments

    Partner with EXPERIENCE. Partner with K2M DESIGN.

    Contact: Scott Maloney, AIA, LEED AP | President |

  7. Travel Our Virtual Highway

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    A special note during the Coronavirus pandemic of 2020.

    As a business partner with you in Senior Living, we at K2M Design are thinking about you, your Residents, and your staff. We recognize you truly are on the front line and appreciate your devotion to our Seniors.

    To come alongside you and add to your tool chest of activities, highlighting a few places and the people who helped shape our great states.

    Our hope is that you will pass this Newsletter along to each of your Residents, letting them know others are thinking about them. It is a simple gesture, but hopefully one that will be a bright spot.

    Stay healthy and encouraged.


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    K2M in Senior Living
    As a leading provider of Architecture, Engineering, and Interior Design services for the Senior Living market, our team’s expertise and experience is unrivaled in its breadth and depth. Completing over 200 healthcare/senior living facilities, the team understands the business of senior housing and long-term care facility design.

    With a full house of multi-discipline professionals, the continuity of service we offer our clients directly results in successful project administration, design coordination and construction oversight.

    The personal investment our project managers make in your projects and with the teams they lead is reflected in their open-door approach. We take pride in knowing our leaders have become trusted advisors to so many of our clients.

    View our portfolio of Senior Living projects >

  8. The Statler Shines Bright in the Downtown Cleveland Landscape

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    The historic 15 story Statler Arms building went through a complete $14M renovation and conversion into a luxury apartment complex. Located near Cleveland’s Playhouse Square theater district, The Stater was restored to the grandeur of its historical past, as one of the most elegant hotels in the city. The rich and refined color palette turned this dated and tired property into a unique upscale destination for Cleveland’s city dwellers to live, work, and play.

    The restoration efforts revealed historical elements in the Grand Entry that were part of the original hotel, blending seamlessly with modern amenities and features. The main lobby corridor was reimaged, replacing dull and outdated finishes with luxurious materials including black and white marbled tile and rich, espresso wood-tones. Emerald velvet and cognac leather sofas entice tenants to take comfort in lounge areas while brass accents adorn furniture and lighting fixtures.

    Geometric floor tiles guide prospective tenants to the fully renovated leasing office.  Floor-to-ceiling glass store front windows provide separation, while allowing clear views throughout the lobby space. A rich wood paneled circular concierge desk near the marble flanked brass-front elevators complement the opulent makeover.

    Upgraded amenities include a new Community Room complete with a fireplace, kitchen, billiards and poker tables. The space was thoughtfully designed to accommodate multiple groups and enhance social connectivity. The expansive space features barreled ceilings, neutral colors, and a variety of seating options. Steps from the Community Room is a new outdoor courtyard with a gas fire pit, yard games, and space to lounge and connect.

    The 295-unit building offers 1,2, and 3-bedroom residences, with open floor plans, expansive windows, and views of the city. The newly renovated apartments feature modern finishes including warm, wood-look plank flooring throughout the apartment. Kitchens are upgraded with espresso cabinets, clean, white quartz countertops, subway-tile backsplash, stainless steel appliances, and contemporary LED lighting fixtures. Penthouse suites on the top floor include glass-front upper kitchen cabinets, elevated decorative lighting, and individual balconies. New bedroom carpet, shower surrounds, and fresh painted doors helped complete the apartment modernization.

    The once dated and tired property now shines as proud as its history allowing residents to indulge in living within the heart of downtown Cleveland.

    K2M Design was honored to receive a Multi-Family Interior Design of the Year for our work at The Statler.

  9. K2M Design Expands Charlotte Presence with Merger of DAS Architecture

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    Charlotte, NC – March 2020 – K2M Design, Inc. announces the acquisition of Charlotte based company, DAS Architecture, Inc. Established in 2002, DAS has a reputation in the industry for its rich portfolio of work in the transportation, hospitality, multi-family, and commercial markets.

    K2M Design is a dynamic high growth, entrepreneurial company specializing in architecture, engineering, interior design, and assessments. Founded in 2001, K2M has strategically grown its footprint over the years with offices in Baltimore, Cleveland, Columbus, Indianapolis, Key West, Marathon, Key Largo, Northwest Arkansas, as well as Charlotte.

    The 12 DAS employees are located on East Boulevard in Dilworth, one of Charlotte’s Historic District Neighborhoods. These individuals will join K2M Design’s over 70 Architects, Engineers, Interior Designers, Facility Assessment Managers, and Support team across the country.

    This merger supports K2M’s growth strategy, providing geographical and project portfolio diversification. “We are excited to grow our talent pool and market reach in the great City of Charlotte. The DAS team aligns perfectly with our vision, mission, values, and culture,” Stated Scott Maloney, President and Founder of K2M Design.

    “We are excited to join forces with this dynamic team at K2M. The depth of talent, experience, and locations is a perfect match for the DAS team in direct alignment with the long-term strategy of our firm,” commented Dane Suchoza, Founder of DAS.

    The merger of DAS Architecture with K2M Design, is effective March 2, 2020. The company will operate under the name DAS Architecture, a K2Mpowered Company.

    About K2M Design, Inc.
    Empowered individual leadership and creativity embody the strengths of our design teams. We are a dynamic, high-growth Architecture, Engineering, and Interior Design firm with a multi-discipline Facility Assessment division. Our established regional teams are strengthened by the depth of our experience and are united by an ambitious spirit and proven ability to manage projects. The People of K2M are our most valuable resource and Projects are their passion. That is the drive behind our design services. Our professionals are invested in nurturing long-term relationships and the ongoing success of our projects. We are living out our mission of Building Relationships Based on Trust and Results.

    About DAS Architecture, Inc.
    DAS Architecture, Inc. is a Charlotte-based firm headquartered on East Boulevard in Dilworth, one of Charlotte’s Historic District Neighborhoods. DAS Architecture, Inc. was established in 2002 on the ideal that the success of all projects depends on the level of personal care and attention offered to them. The firm’s leaders have collaborated to build a team of individuals, each with unique strengths and talents that give DAS the broad experience of a large firm with the ability to service each project at a personal and intimate level. For DAS, this is the foundation for continued success in creating unique and appropriate solutions for the built environment that complement the communities in which they are located. We believe the practice of architecture should be an enjoyable experience with compatible clients which produces work that benefits Client, Architect and Community.

    For More Information, Contact:
    Stephanie Cieszkowski – K2M Design, Inc.
    Ph: 216.588.0739


  10. Friends Fellowship – Celebrating 50 Years of Independent Living

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    Golden Anniversary Brings Welcome Change

    Pictures are truly worth a thousand words, and these before and after photos are a great reminder of their power. Friends Fellowship Community is no stranger to change and growth. For more than 50 years they have been expanding their continuum of care, adding buildings and services. This has happened everywhere on their 125-acre campus except in Independent Living (IL). The original 1965 structure remained virtually untouched until leadership planned a refresh to celebrate the golden anniversary of this milestone.

    Love where you live. A short walk on any path amid the rolling hills of this picturesque campus, and it is evident why the residents of Friends Fellowship love where they live. In contrast, when you stepped inside the doors of the IL wing one would have found a dated entry, lacking in identity and orientation. This is no longer the case! All the ambiance that is on the outside is now part of the day to day life on the inside. Warm wood tones, a rustic fireplace, custom carpets and upscale furniture create a modern elegance in this new destination space. A concierge’s desk serves residents and welcomes guests into the completely renovated administration area and connecting corridors. Pam Merchanthouse, Vice President of Customer Service states, “Having someone to greet guests when they enter, just starts the feeling here. It feels like home.”


    Best friends come through the back door. Everyone agrees the best part of this community is the community. The main parking lot for both IL residents and staff is in the back of the building. A garage entrance with an understated man-door was the staging area for community outings and had become the hub of many social interactions. A new canopy covers the full glass pick-up/drop off door that leads directly into a brand new lounge. This airy, garden-like entrance is the preferred entrance amongst locals. The painted white woodwork of the built-in shelving, fireplace and coffered ceiling is reminiscent of what one would find in their own living room.


    Positive change. It is easy to appreciate custom woodwork and beautiful furnishings; but this renovation went much deeper. After 50 years of uninterrupted service all mechanical systems were updated, improving air quality and energy efficiency. Lighting in all the corridors and common areas was upgraded, completely transforming these spaces. The front door was made accessible with the addition of a ramp and extensive landscaping. Pam stated, “We bought all new patio furniture for this area and the residents love being out there. In fact, they are using the walking paths more than ever before.” Front door parking was also expanded with the entrance drive was reworked. Car ports were remodeled to reflect a barn-inspired design while the deliveries were relocated to a side entrance. The ever-changing expectations in the Senior Living market will continue to be the impetus of change, but done right, will always prove positive. Friends Fellowships prides themselves on actively refining what retirement living can and should be.

  11. Crowne Plaza Columbus Designed for the Modern Business Traveler

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    Influenced by Ohio’s agricultural industry, the renovation at Crowne Plaza Downtown Columbus captures the architectural elements of farming through contemporary modernism. The hotel’s complete transformation focused on the business traveler and created adaptive, functional spaces inviting guests and visitors into its energizing yet warm palette.

    The Crowne Plaza Columbus hotel sits in the heart of the Arena District; a bustling business and entertainment area located in downtown Columbus. The public spaces were dated with cherry-wood paneling through the uninviting bar, a small, hidden grab-and-go station combined with the business center, and minimal pre-function lounge seating. Guestrooms offered tired finishes and dark, bulky furniture. The spaces lacked comfort and technology to support the business traveler’s needs. The goal of the $19.7M renovation was to reimagine a hotel dedicated to the modern business traveler through technology integration, purposeful seating-arrangements, and an energized palette.

    A huddle spot for guest to use, and the Arrival desk in the background.

    The hotel’s design inspiration was influenced by Columbus’s nearby agricultural industry. Industrial, blackened steel elements and warm wood tones visually connect the public spaces. Lounge seating with curated, over-sized murals feature well-known local architectural landmarks as well as artistic aerial imagery greet guests at both entrances.

    The Arrival, which once housed an oversized circular desk, was reimaged into two, refined pods with clean lines and rich texture. A layered, felt installation with LED frame lighting serves as a focal point behind the desks. A new Marketplace was introduced near the registration pods, with full-height glass walls to entice guests while hexagon patterned floor tiles further define the space. Continuing through the public space, warm, wood-look flooring tile was installed in a herringbone pattern and feathered from dark to light offering transition from the lobby to the bar, dining and conference areas.

    Vine + Forge bar and restaurant now opens to the lobby.

    The walls that originally closed off the bar from the lobby were removed to provide an open, immersive atmosphere. A wood and LED lit overhead and geometric tiles anchor the Vine + Forge bar becoming an engaging destination for guests and visitors to enjoy. The new configuration provides guests adaptive seating and table arrangements with conveniently integrated technology in order to enhance working, dining, or lounging experiences.

    Sleek, horizonal lines of the newly added fireplace allow the floor-to-ceiling windows to remain visible and let light in, while adding warmth to the space. A built-in breakfast buffet replaced the small, grab-and-go station and business center. After hours, the buffet is hidden with a laser-cut felt curtain that create visual interest while concealing the buffet.

    The Studio space is available for guests to host casual business meetings.

    The public spaces feature the Plaza Workspace elements including two high-top huddle tables, two single pods, and a multi-person nook for individual and team working needs, all incorporating decorative lighting and integrated technology. Plaza Workspace elements continue upstairs with a curated workspace called The Studio. Dedicated for business use, the space features upscale finishes and a nod to Columbus’s golf legacy. Various seating, including a lounge area, multiple counter spaces and a conference room, promote collaborative work sessions.

    The hotel’s 13,000 SF of event spaces include two grand ballrooms and four meeting rooms, refreshed with custom carpet in deep navy and greys and a tailored art collection. Decorative lighting becomes a feature throughout upstairs with upgraded multi-tiered brass chandeliers in the main ballroom, sleek wall sconces in the pre-function, and a matte black fixture in the elevator lobby. An over-sized custom mirror is displayed in the elevator lobby to enhance and visually enlarge the lobby.

    A King Suite allows for flexible working solutions.

    Guest experience continues from the main levels to the 375 guestrooms, featuring the Crowne Plaza’s WorkLife design. Once dark and tired rooms now revitalize guests and provide productive places for work and rest, featuring soft neutrals, textured fabrics, and informal guestroom settings. Integrated power throughout the guestroom allows for flexible working whether it is from the lounge chair, desk, or bed.

    The Crowne Plaza Columbus transformation creates a stimulating and productive destination for today’s modern business traveler. Guests receive an inspiring hotel experience that blends work and restoration within the heart of the Arena district.

    K2M Design was honored to receive a Traveling Gun Award – Hospitality Interior Design of the Year for our work at Crowne Plaza Columbus.

  12. K2M Design® Leads Hooverwood Jewish Home In Community Expansion

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    New Assisted Living Wing Expands Services

    Indianapolis, Indiana – February 2020 – K2M Design, Inc. was proud to provide architectural design services to Hooverwood Jewish Home in Indianapolis, Indiana for its newly opened Residences at Kraft Commons.  This new luxurious assisted living wing, an addition to their recently renovated long term care and skilled care community, has allowed Hooverwood to extend their continuum of care to include licensed assisted living.  Architects and Interior Designers from K2M joined forces with The Hagerman Group, an Indiana/Kentucky based construction company experienced in large scale projects, to meet the expectations and overcome schedule challenges in this campus expansion.

    With new leadership coming on board in the midst of construction for both the renovation project and new assisted living addition, the Hooverwood Board paused to reevaluate project goals.  This pause initiated a redesign of the major common areas in the new assisted living wing and an expansion of the kitchen design which would now serve the entire campus. Through several focused charrettes, the team was able to change course and ultimately deliver a new product that exceeded the owner’s expectations.

    The Residences at Kraft Commons is a 33,000 S.F. addition adding 26-upscale studio, 1-bedroom, and 2-bedroom apartments to the community. The new apartments feature up-graded finishes, accessible kitchens, and private baths with roll-in showers. One of the major design changes surrounded the two-story atrium space of the entry lobby. A grand staircase was added allowing free-flowing access between all major common areas.  This elegant stair intertwines the two levels – anchored on the main level by a sitting area rich in color and pattern and crowned with a multi-pendant cascading light fixture made up of 36 hand-molded crystal cubes cascading down thirteen feet from the coffered ceiling above.

    Encompassing the stair on the main level is the concierge’s desk highlighted with a laser-cut metal canopy and backdrop; a European inspired Bistro; a small, glass-enclosed sitting area with a French-country- meets-modern vibe; and a restaurant-like dining room with a double-sided stone fireplace, smaller intimate seating area, and an interactive chef’s line served. The second level common areas include an open balcony with library/reading areas, game tables, and a corner conversation nook, a custom theater room, and a vibrant fitness/wellness room all equally finished to inspire and refresh.

    K2M Design has provided Hooverwood with a luxurious, up-scale design that will live long into the future. A short pause was enough to take bold steps in a direction that has proven to be worth the wait. This project was a successful example of a team’s commitment to the process and dedication to the client’s vision.


  13. No Jacket Required

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     Senior Living dining that fits all appetites.

    Food has always been at the heart of the home, and that doesn’t change as you age. Some of the biggest trends in Senior Living revolve around dining. Focused on creating experiences, communities are imploding the large, stuffy dining rooms and creating a variety of dining destinations. The bistro concept has become the hub, with a fast-casual cafe, a grab-n-go market, and a coffee shop all radiating from it. Sprinkle in a smaller, slightly formal party room and a few outdoor patios, and you have the recipe to attract this new generation of seniors.


    The freedom to choose. Designing smaller destinations give residents the choice of time and menu. Today’s well-educated, highly traveled retirees want to continue to have the variety they are used to enjoying. A full-service restaurant atmosphere, with open hours, a changing menu and comfortable booth seating options has become the new standard. The addition of a pub can act as a pre-function space, become the game day destination, or host a tasting event. A coffee shop strategically located near the front lobby not only welcomes visitors but can act as a great outreach to the community. A fast-casual cafe and a grab-n-go market give residents options and the ability to keep their own schedules.


    A high-end experience. Brand your dining. The addition of an exhibition kitchen and an executive chef from the restaurant industry will go a long way towards achieving the experience of high-end dining. Interacting with the chef and being able to special order your entree adds value to the meal and instills trust with the residents. Programming can easily be expanded with demonstrations, classes and foodie clubs. A smaller scale, formal dining room – more like a hearth room – with a table for 12, luxurious light fixtures, comfortable lounge chairs, a fireplace and room for the grandchildren, turn family visits into celebrations. A hostess kiosk, call-ahead seating, and servers with iPads further define the event experience.


    Variety is the spice of life. Everyone has different tastes. Acknowledging preferences and providing a platform to offer suggestions enrich the person-centered care experience. Gone are the days of bland cafeteria food. Roasted veggies and made-to-order omelets are just a few “tastes of home” that can shift the paradigm. Invite residents to be a part of the process. Traditional foods and family recipes can all be modified to meet dietary needs. These simple gestures can truly keep food at the heart of the home.

  14. K2M wins 8th Best Places to Work in NE Ohio

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    Cleveland, Ohio, Aug. 22, 2019 – K2M Design is proud to be recognized by ERC as one of 99 great Northeast Ohio workplaces for top talent. This is the 8th time that our organization has received the NorthCoast 99 Award.

    NorthCoast 99 is an annual recognition program and event in its 21st year that honors 99 great Northeast Ohio workplaces for top talent. “More than a business award or event, NorthCoast 99 is a yearlong research project ERC established to help employers make a difference in the lives of people working and living in our 22-county region,” noted ERC senior vice president Carrie Morse, who has overseen the program for the last 17 years.

    NorthCoast 99 winners participated in a rigorous application process that asked for detailed information on how their organization addresses top-performer attraction, development, and retention in five distinct areas: organizational strategy, policies, and communication; recruitment, selecting, and onboarding; employee well-being; employee engagement and development; and total rewards.

    “The Northcoast 99 Award is a benchmark for our culture as we continue to grow and evolve. We take serious pride in our team being honored with this award for the 8th year.” Stated Scott Maloney, Owner of K2M Design.

    “We’re thrilled to recognize and celebrate this year’s NorthCoast 99 award winners! With unemployment at a 49-year-low, the benchmarks for attracting, engaging, and retaining employees are higher than ever. Year after year, winning organizations are raising the bar with increasingly progressive and groundbreaking HR practices and benefits that elevate the experience of their employees,” said Kelly Keefe, president of ERC.

    The 2019 NorthCoast 99 Awards program is sponsored by Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield; CareerCurve; Cleveland Magazine; ERChealth; Gino’s Awards; Mark Wayner Creative; Meyers, Roman, Friedburg & Lewis; Oswald Companies; Staffing Solutions Enterprises; and Ultimate Software.


    About K2M Design
    Empowered individual leadership and creativity embody the strengths of our design teams. We are a dynamic, high-growth Architecture, Engineering, and Interior Design firm with a multi-discipline Facility Assessment division. Our established regional teams are strengthened by the depth of our experience and are united by an ambitious spirit and proven ability to manage projects.

    The People of K2M are our most valuable resource and your Project is their passion. That is the drive behind our design services. Our professionals are invested in nurturing long-term relationships and the ongoing success of your projects. We are living out our mission of Building Relationships Based on Trust and Results. In addition to our two offices in Ohio, K2M has offices and supporting staff in Baltimore, Charlotte, Indianapolis, NW Arkansas and the Florida Keys.

    About ERC
    Founded in 1920, ERC helps organizations make their workplaces great by providing expert people solutions that include training, consulting, research, and HR support services. ERC also sponsors the ERChealth insurance program in Ohio. Additional information about ERC and its services can be found at

  15. K2M Indianapolis Grand Opening Celebration

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    Surrounded by both long-time business partners and new clients, K2M Design, Inc. celebrated the opening of their newest office in downtown Indianapolis. Located in the Warehouse District on the top floor of the historic Station Place Building, the nearly 6,000 SF open-concept studio space was transformed into a festive celebration of the bright future K2M has in the architectural communities they serve.

    Greeted by a clever display of company fun fact information , guests were immediately engaged in the core values of this friendly, fast-paced, forward-thinking group of Architects, Engineers, and Interior Designers. From the mission statement of Building Relationships, to the oversized 8’ high plasma-cut steel artwork boasting their Core Values, this team is living out their belief in the Power of 2 – K2M is truly taking the best care of their People so they can take the best care of their Projects!

    From start to finish, the event was a tremendous success, as guests arrived early and lingered into the evening to catch up with old friends and meet new faces. Sweet & Savory Catering outdid themselves serving gourmet hors d’oeuvres and a variety of beers and wines throughout the evening. A grand prize drawing for a bottle of Blanton’s The Original Single Barrel Bourbon was won by Roger Cummings, CPSM of Genesis Engineering Group.

    Everyone had a great evening reuniting and discussing plans for the future. K2M Leadership is excited to be a part of such a dynamic, collaborative city and are excited to see what the future holds.

  16. Fast Company: Ohio Reformatory for Women Dormitory

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    The new dormitory facility at the Ohio Reformatory for Women was designed to take a more humane approach to incarceration, reducing recidivism while providing hope for the future.

    The facility offers numerous programs supporting these rehabilitation efforts including; training service dogs, horticulture certification, and greyhound rehabilitation. Each program is designed to give the female inmates opportunities to make reintegration a little easier.

    K2M and HOK were proud to continue their partnership with the design for the 288-bed dormitory within the historic ORW campus. A special piece of the project was the Sensory Garden, designed with participation from inmates living at the facility.

    Read more about this transformational project on Fast Company.




  17. K2M Design Expands Engineering Capabilities with Seasoned Professionals

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    Mark Wutz, Director of Engineering, and Reza Motarjem, Structural Engineering Lead, Join the K2M Team

    Cleveland, OH – September 2019
    The K2M team is excited to announce that Mark Wutz, PE, CEM, LEED AP, CPMP, CDSM, CPM has joined K2M as the Director of Engineering, strengthening the teams engineering capacity and reach. Mark brings over 26 years’ experience in the Assessment, Design and Commissioning of Mechanical Systems, both as a Consulting Engineer and as a Contractor.

    Mark’s vast experience brings expertise to our project teams in the governmental, institutional, commercial, healthcare, and educational markets, for both small and large project sizes around the world. Mark is a strong communicator, engaging and leading project teams through all phases of a project.  As a Certified Energy Manager, Mark incorporates best practices into mechanical systems, along with being a ASHRAE Certified Commissioning Management Professional, expertise that will further enrich K2M’s engineering services.

    “Mark’s breadth of knowledge and technical expertise is invaluable to the K2M team, we are extremely excited to have him leading our engineering team and working in concert with our architecture and interior design teams!” states Kristin Cloonan, K2M Design’s Chief Experience officer.

    In addition to Mark, the team also welcomed Reza Motarjem, PE, SE as Senior Structural Engineer. Reza brings nearly 20 years of experience designing industrial, commercial and institutional projects types. Reza is an expert in specialty engineering techniques, including large scale cold formed metal framing and building envelope systems. Reza will work with Mark and the team to grow the current capacity of K2M Design’s engineering reach within our full-service firm.

    About K2M Design, Inc.
    Empowered individual leadership and creativity embody the strengths of our design teams. We are a dynamic, high-growth Architecture, Engineering, and Interior Design firm with a multi-discipline Facility Assessment division. Our established regional teams are strengthened by the depth of our experience and are united by an ambitious spirit and proven ability to manage projects. The People of K2M are our most valuable resource and your Project is their passion. That is the drive behind our design services. Our professionals are invested in nurturing long-term relationships and the ongoing success of your projects. We are living out our mission of Building Relationships Based on Trust and Results. In addition to our two offices in Ohio, K2M has offices and supporting staff in Baltimore, Charlotte, Indianapolis, NW Arkansas and the Florida Keys.

    For More Information, Contact:
    Stephanie Cieszkowski – K2M Design, Inc.
    Ph: 216.588.0739

  18. Allen County’s New Juvenile Justice Facility Brings New Face to Juvenile Justice

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    K2M Design® and Allen County partner for success

    Fall 2019 – K2M Design was privileged to provide architecture, design and engineering for the recently opened Allen County Juvenile Justice Facility. The relationship with Allen County began years ago when K2M Design was retained to provide a complete facility assessment and planning study to help reshape their juvenile justice facilities. Upon the successful completion of the planning study, the County retained K2M Design to execute their vision for the Juvenile Justice Center.

    The 20,000 square foot, single-story detention center was designed with the purpose to reshape the detention-based focus to a more treatment / therapeutic environment. K2M provided extensive programming and planning sessions with the County stakeholders to ensure the facility was designed to meet the changing needs of the youth in Allen County. During visioning sessions with the County, the team identified, discussed and prioritized the values and goals that impacted the design and led to the overall success of the project. In addition to the institutional purposes and growth objectives, criteria that was evaluated for the benefit of the community included cultural, technological, temporal, aesthetic, symbolic, economic, environmental, and security.

    The detention center celebrated a grand opening on August 28th, with a dedication and open house which was attended by special guests including; local politicians, a State Representative, Allen County Board of Commissioners, law enforcement. The local Honor Guard assisted with a flag raising at this distinctive facility.

    About K2M Design®, Inc.
    Empowered individual leadership and creativity embody the strengths of our design teams. We are a dynamic, high-growth Architecture, Engineering, and Interior Design firm with a multi-discipline Facility Assessment division. Our established regional teams are strengthened by the depth of our experience and are united by an ambitious spirit and proven ability to manage projects. The People of K2M are our most valuable resource and your Project is their passion. That is the drive behind our design services. Our professionals are invested in nurturing long-term relationships and the ongoing success of your projects. We are living out our mission of Building Relationships Based on Trust and Results.

    Media Contact:
    Stephanie Cieszkowski – K2M Design, Inc.
    Ph: 216.588.0739
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  19. K2M Design Transforms Circleville Juvenile Correctional Facility

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    New Housing Buildings Support Treatment and a Normative Environment

    K2M Design, Inc. continued our successful relationship with the Department of Youth Services (ODYS) with the design of the new housing buildings at the Circleville Juvenile Correctional Facility.  K2M has partnered with ODYS since 2008 completing five projects at the facility.

    This $32M project is the largest one completed to date and involved a substantial site improvement and a truly one of a kind design solution. For this significant undertaking, K2M partnered with HOK to redefine housing for Ohio’s incarcerated youth.  The treatment-based facility is an environment that is rehabilitative thru its therapeutic environment (color, light, texture, volume).  The site design with the six buildings fosters a sense of community with their orientation and anchors the end of this site.  The exterior is design is playful, aesthetically satisfying, and non-institutional in appearance.

    The complete scope included the design of six buildings consisting of 12 housing units with 12 sleeping rooms along with corresponding programming spaces for each unit. This design allowed for the opportunity to securely meet the housing needs of youth while also supporting individual and group treatment, unit management, education and job skills training, recreation and volunteer and community services to better prepare residents for productive futures and reduce recidivism amongst the youth.

    As part of the work together, we created a cultural shift in how the staff manage the operations of each unit.  Working hand in hand with the ODYS executives and the facility leadership, we envisioned a design that matched their own operational transformation.  While being staff efficient, the units and support areas are designed for maximum staff supervision, of and interaction with the youth.

    “We are honored that the ODYS trusted our team for this transformational project. It is a privilege to work with the State, sharing insight and expertise to positively impact the youth and the staff who operate the facility. We are committed to craft innovative, rehabilitative facilities that positively shape the future of youth and adult corrections.” Stated Scott Maloney, President of K2M.

  20. K2M Turns 18!

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    K2M Continues to Grow (Up)

    We all remember when we turned 18! It was a milestone birthday marked by new responsibilities, personal growth, and celebrations.

    As K2M Design reaches this 18-year mark, we celebrate the firms continued growth, professional achievements, and the accomplishments that have brought us to this momentous occasion.

    Our Growth:

    • Indianapolis Office – we recently renovated space near the Stadium District. The open-concept studio office features ample natural light and room for growth. The Indy team has already been enjoying the festivities of the new neighborhood!
    • Expanded our Team – We added two new leaders and 12 K2Mrs to bring our total staff to nearly 80 professionals.

    Our Passions: As a core value of K2M, you will continue to find our team engaged in philanthropic events in each of our locations. K2Mrs regularly lead outreach events, provide insight to Boards and Committees and most importantly – Be Good!

    • Recently our team contributed in-kind services to a local church, participated in a beach clean-up, community garden work, contributed to a Habitat for Humanity home, and has several other events in the works.
    • Additionally, K2M has supported numerous organizations and efforts including the ACE Mentorship program, City Dogs, Rainbows Babies and Children’s Hospital, Ronald McDonald House, and Habitat for Humanity.

    Our Accolades: No one likes a bragger, but in some cases, you need to toot your horn. This past year the team celebrated our success in several ways:

    • The Cleveland Marriott Downtown renovation project was honored with Hospitality Interior Design of the Year from NAIOP and IIDA iDesign award for Best in Hospitality Interior Design.
    • For the 8th time we were awarded Top 99 places to work in Northeast Ohio.
    • We continue to gain momentum, making the Rising Giants – Interior Design firms from Interior Design Magazine for the 4th time.
    • From the Cleveland 2030 District, USGBC Ohio Green Building Challenge, we were awarded Greatest Energy Reduction 2017 to 2018!

    Our Technology: K2M continued our aggressive push to provide robust systems and state-of-the-art workplaces by converting to Cloud Technology, which helps our teams assist clients from any of our locations!

    Our Reach: K2Mrs continued our mission of Building Relationships Based on Trust and Results by engaging in industry relevant conferences and training sessions that took us across the US. We engaged with new partners and brought back valuable insight from these shows, and we hope to see you at the future events!

    Thanks for letting us brag a little! We all know that growing up can be tough – but K2Mrs continue to challenge boundaries, grow our cherished network of partners, and solidify our professional practice to ensure our next milestone will be as monumental!

  21. Making Fitness a Priority Pays Off

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    Seniors are more fitness minded than ever before. As Westminster Village West Lafayette planned for their future, they made fitness and wellness a primary objective. In this section of our series we will look at how one Indiana Life Plan community identified a priority in the lives of their future residents and it paid off in a big way.

    Fitness facility powerful element

    “Historically, when the Board at Westminster Village West Lafayette plans a big project, they like to include a piece that will generate some revenue,” the Executive Director says. The hybrid home project was no exception, and the component that was designed to create revenue also created marketing value and strengthened connections with the surrounding community.

    The Board wanted to attract fitness-minded residents. They envisioned something more elaborate and user-friendly than the room with a couple pieces of dust-covered fitness equipment you’ll find at most senior communities. “The goal was to not only serve the younger residents who would want the facility, but also reach out to serve local seniors who weren’t age- and income-qualified to live here,” the Director notes.

    During the design phase, K2M Design took the Leadership Team on a tour of fitness facilities. Along the way, they brainstormed, and the result was the Live Well Fitness & Rehab Center. “It’s a hub where we can offer services to people who don’t live here, or who may need us for a short-term stay in our health center, but may not necessarily move here,” explains the facility Director. “We wanted to incorporate the seven dimensions of wellness, so we also included social spaces.”

    The Fitness Center is a large facility divided into several spaces, including two exercise areas, a pool area, craft rooms, private therapy studios, and a large room with a floating wood floor that’s essentially a dance studio. “A local dance club asked us if they could come in and use the space,” says Leadership. “They pay us a small fee that allows us to have someone on the staff come in and open it up for them. We have residents who enjoy watching the club, and some who have even joined in.” The room is also used for aerobics, Zumba, yoga, and other activities.

    Accessing university resources

    Leadership look for additional ways of interacting with the community and turned to their adjacent neighbor, Purdue University. The Fitness Center is managed by a Health and Wellness Director who earned a Kinesiology degree at Purdue, and it draws upon resources from the nearby campus. For example, graduate students are able to perform internships, giving them a convenient place to advance their education while delivering services such as personal training and therapy to residents.

    Westminster Village had been outgrowing the therapy space in its health center because of demand for outpatient services. Now the health center space is completely devoted to residents, while outpatient services have moved to the new facility.

    The exercise rooms and equipment are designed for the unique needs of older adults. “Seniors don’t necessarily want to exercise next to a 20-year-old,” states the facility’s Director. “They prefer to be with their friends, and with people who are more their age and speed. The equipment was selected and set up for older adults. For example, the treadmills are lower to the ground, start at zero, and have handrails that go all the way to the back.” Personal trainers ensure that residents use the equipment correctly and effectively. One side of the room has weight equipment, while the other is geared to aerobic exercise.

    Boxing-based therapy

    Visitors will also notice boxing equipment, but it doesn’t mean Westminster Village fields a full card of Friday night bouts. “The local Parkinson’s support group told us about a program called Rock Steady Boxing that uses boxing bags and that has been proven to slow the progression of symptoms,” Leadership explains. “Their members were driving to Indianapolis to participate. We looked into it and have become the first certified site in the area.”

    A pair of art studios, including one equipped with a kiln, provides a variety of activities for residents and people from the community. The local YWCA used the facility to make and fire clay bowls for a fund-raiser. “We’ve been fortunate to have an art therapy intern,” the Director says. “We’ve also had music therapists, and access to these professionals allows us to offer a more well-rounded therapy program than other communities.”

    Building the facility also provided an opportunity to develop a dedicated entrance and lobby area for the assisted living wing, housed in an adjacent 1980s building, and to create an outdoor garden area designed specifically for residents with limited mobility.

    K2M in Senior Living
    As a leading provider of Architecture, Engineering, and Interior Design services for the Senior Living market, our team’s expertise and experience is unrivaled in its breadth and depth. Completing over 200 healthcare/senior living facilities, the team understands the business of senior housing and long-term care facility design.

    With a full house of multi-discipline professionals, the continuity of service we offer our clients directly results in successful project administration, design coordination and construction oversight.

    The personal investment our project managers make in your projects and with the teams they lead is reflected in their open-door approach. We take pride in knowing our leaders have become trusted advisors to so many of our clients.

    View our portfolio of Senior Living projects.

  22. College of the Florida Keys: Upper Keys Center

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    The College of the Florida Keys has initiated their new campus expansion, at “the entrance” to the Keys in Key Largo, Florida. The new 42,000 GSF ground-up facility will include various college programs including Allied Health and Nursing, Apprenticeships, and Business Administration, utilizing the latest state of the art simulation teaching labs and equipment.

    K2M has partnered with CSA Group and is pleased to be part of the design team establishing an anchor for the college, designed for the community.

    Islanders designing and delivering a solution for islanders!




  23. DoubleTree Jamestown: A Diamond in the Pearl City

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    Persistence Allows the New DoubleTree Jamestown to Shine

    Spring 2019 – The new, full-service DoubleTree by Hilton, Jamestown shines with the brilliance of a diamond for travelers visiting the Pearl City. Located just steps away from the historic district, the $21.6M renovation pulled inspiration from times gone by when Jamestown, NY was one of the few stops on the railway connection between New York City and Chicago. K2M Design utilized the full strength of its firm, providing Architecture, Engineering, and Interior Design services for renovating the entire property.

    The Hamister Group, a hotel developer based in Buffalo, NY, purchased the former Ramada Inn and immediately closed the property for a total “shut and gut”. Working with local businesses and contractors, Hamister committed nearly four years to delivering a much-needed full-service hotel to the city of Jamestown. The team celebrated with a grand opening in March 2019.

    A two-story, horizontally planked, wood screen backdrops a glass-paneled staircase, welcoming guests to the hotel. The peek-a-boo wall offers glimpses of activity and visually connects the main floor bar to the second floor restaurant. The connectivity zone featuring geometric wallcovering, high backed sofas and rustic warmth, flows into the upscale sports bar area creating a dynamic hub and a hot spot for locals and hotel guests alike. Within the Pearl City Hops Bar and Restaurant, industrial merges with refined, where charred wood tables are paired with richly textured upholstery and mixed metal detailing. An abundance of natural light highlights the spaces by day and adds the soft glow of the city by night.

    Throughout the hotel, polished historical glamour is paired with energetic décor characterized by lineal repetition, deep tones, and streaks of color. As guests journey through the hotel, the second floor pre-function area welcomes them with deep garnet leather seating and smokey blue-grey carpet. This custom renovation continues to glimmer with clean lines and dramatic carpeting in the 4,100 SF ballroom and meeting space. A new fitness center, indoor pool, and outdoor patio add to the amenities offered by the hotel. The 147 guestrooms are highlighted by playful, repetitive elements, and saturated hues. The DoubleTree in Jamestown will not disappoint, as it honors the city’s past while offering guests 21st century luxury.

    About K2M Design®, Inc.
    Empowerment, creativity, and individual leadership embody the strengths of K2M’s design teams. K2M Design is a dynamic, high-growth Architecture, Engineering, and Interior Design firm with a multi-discipline Facility Assessment division. Established regional teams are strengthened by depth of experience and united by an ambitious spirit and proven ability to manage projects. The People are K2M’s are most valuable resource and Projects are their passion. K2M’s professionals are invested in nurturing long-term relationships and the ongoing success of projects, living out their mission of Building Relationships Based on Trust and Results.

    Media Contact:
    Stephanie Cieszkowski – K2M Design, Inc.
    Ph: 216.588.0739
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  24. K2M Awarded NASA IDIQ for Third Consecutive Term

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    K2M Design was recently awarded another IDIQ contract with NASA. The team has been privileged to partner with NASA at the Glenn Research Center in Cleveland and Plum Brook Station, in Sandusky, Ohio.

    The contract provides NASA design services to rehabilitate, repair, construct, modify, or demolish research and institutional facilities within both Centers. Over the past decade, K2M has completed nearly 70 projects for the Agency under the IDIQ and we are looking forward to another productive 5 years.

    In addition to design services, the K2M Facility team as provided Deferred Maintenance Assessments, Post Occupancy Evaluations, as well as Specialty Operations and Maintenance studies for NASA Headquarters globally.